Wild Within


I was privileged to read a pre-publication copy. Even though it's fiction, the portrayal of the PCT and the folks on it was accurate. I like the heroine, Grace Mori. She was someone I could relate to. The intrigue and adventure were great, as was the love story. Much better than Wild. - Amazon Review

A real page turner with engaging characters, a great plot, terrific detail of all sorts, and a wonderful feel for thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Well chosen title, that promises an enticing mix of romance, internal strength and self discovery. Hartmann delivers! An offer for the movie rights should not be long coming. - Amazon Review

This very good read is a thriller with just a touch of romance, built around a specialist long distance hike from Mexico to Canada. I enjoy reading about new things in the background of a good novel. Well done! - Amazon Review

A year after a family tragedy, Grace Mori embarks on the journey of a lifetime…

Two thousand, six hundred miles of blistering heat, wilderness, and soul searching—that’s what Grace signed up for when she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s not a voyage for beginners, but with no husband and her family still recovering from her brother’s death, Grace is more alone than ever.

This trail meant something to her brother, and she’ll hike it in his memory, but she can’t do it alone. So with her brother’s gear and a small group, Grace takes the most important first steps of her life.

Grace finds something more than peace and magic on the trail…

When her first day of hiking ends in heat stroke, Grace is rescued by a handsome, red-haired hiker who calls himself Lone Star. Grace has an immediate connection with him, and their brief encounter leaves her fearing her soul mate has slipped through her fingers. Although he vows to keep in touch, Grace doubts she’ll ever see him again.

When fears become reality, the only people Grace can rely on may be killers...

Grace is surprised to find notes left at supply posts along the trail. Lone Star’s eloquent letters keep Grace going, clinging to the hope she’ll find him—and happiness—at the end of her journey. But as the trail becomes more perilous, menace grows within the group. And when Lone Star’s letters mysteriously stop coming, Grace fears the worst.

As tensions flare and a killer emerges, Grace must battle to survive…and reunite with the man she’s sure is her future.